Some History first!
You can trace the origin of vases back to several centuries B.C. Initially meant for holding cut flowers, they went on to be a part of home decor in the homes of both, the affluent as well as the middle class. Vases have been used as collectibles and centerpieces in ancient China, India, Greece, Egypt, England and across many other cultures. Artists have used vases to depict various scenes from ancient mythology. In fact, in ancient Greece, they were often decorated using the red and black figure technique, depicting Gods and mythological heroes. In ancient Egypt, they were made of clay – usually silt from the river Nile and were often symbolic, adorned with figures of animals, birds, Egyptians and sometimes with hieroglyphs inscribed on them. Ancient Indian vases were royally crafted from precious metals like Gold, Silver and embellished with precious stones. Intricately carved, these ones had designs of deer, horses, swans, beautiful women, Maharajahs and their courtesans, flowers, royal gardens etc.
Choose the right vase for the right place
Make your living room corner lively with a simple porcelain vase arrangement on a designer stand made of wrought iron. Put in a few long stemmed fresh flowers or artificial ones, with colors complementing your wall and furnishings. If the vase is light colored, place it against a dark background and vice versa.
Types of Vases
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Stunning ceramic vases like the ones above are available in different shapes and colors. Pick one that best suits your wall or room decor.
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If your home decor is mostly traditional and Asian, go for intricately carved traditional vases, like Japanese, Indian or Chinese – designer wooden vases, you also get Chinese ones with lacquer finish.
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In modern living rooms, most often, a neutral color scheme is implemented with colors like off white, grey,beige etc. In such cases, use stylish glass and metal vases with modern designs and abstract shapes, with colorful flowers or fillers like colorful beads, jelly balls (in case of glass vases) to stand out against the plain background.
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Check out the reused milk bottle vase above.
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This vase is made of a reused rum bottle.
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Check out a thrift store nearby for some pretty containers or antiquities that double up as flower vases, to adorn your living room corner. Make good use of old wine bottles, glass pen stands, painted tin cans, paper mache containers, rum and milk bottles. Decorate them with 3d outliners, acrylic colors, colorful fabric etc. to make your very own DIY vases.
A vase is a must have accessory in every home. You can make the dullest of all interiors come alive with this simple accessory. Vases let you experiment with their contents – You can put in dry stems, colorful flowers, paper mache flowers, reeds, pebbles and what not. And most important – it does not burn a hole in your pocket.